Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones
Published: 21st June 2007 | Source: Razer | Price: |
So where does this leave us? Well as a product, the Barracuda's are built to last. They are extremely durable, strong and above all comfortable. The 5.1 surround sound does work well, but is no substitute for proper surround sound speakers. However for headphones, they are the best surround sound units that I've used. When listening to music or watching DVD's they perform well and their in game performance brings depth and a spacial atmosphere that stereo headphones cannot match.
However the lack of bass was the only real thing that I found disappointing and no matter what I tweaked, I could not get that balance right. This certainly seems to be a problem for surround sound headphones as a whole, as it is very hard for their reduced size subwoofer speakers to match the performance of a good set of stereo headphones. Perhaps using the HP-1's along side the Razer AC-1 soundcard would have produced more favorable results, as no doubt the AC-1 card is tweaked to get the most out of the HP-1 headphones. But as it stands, the Barracuda's lack the all-round frequency response that I have become accustomed to with a good quality pair of stereo headphones, and being somewhat of an "old school" gamer, I think I'll be sticking with my stereo headset for the time being.
The Razer Barracuda HP-1 headphones are available from Komplett for a rather eye watering £89 (20/06/07). This is significantly higher than most other 5.1 headsets on the market at present, but then Razer products always do tend to be at the higher end of the price scale due to research and quality that goes into their products.
• Very comfortable
• Good clarity and depth
• Detachable microphone
• Poor bass.
• Very expensive compared to competitors.
• Too many options to tweak the sound balance.
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